Meet the Staff

Fr. Terry Fisher

Pastor & Rector

I am from South Bend. I graduated from Holy Cross grade school and Saint Joseph High School I taught at Saint Matthew School for ten years and then went to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.  I was ordained a priest in 1985.

My mother’s home made Lasagna is my favorite food!

If I could go any place, I would go to New York or Ireland.

 

Sister Gianna Marie Webber

Principal

 

Dr. Lindsey Esbensen

Assistant Principal

 

Josh Bathon

Campus Minister/Admin

I was born in South Bend, IN, and grew up on the west side of the city. I went to Holy Family for grade school. When I was in high school, my family moved to South Carolina. I went to the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate degree.  This is my second year at St. Matt’s.

My favorite food is Mac-n-Cheese; really any kind will do, but you can’t beat Kraft!

If I could go anywhere for a vacation, I would do a tour from Seattle to Los Angeles, in a convertible!

 

Leah Richardson

School Secretary

I am from the South Bend area, growing up in Osceola and attending Queen of Peach Church (they didn’t have a school when I was a kid).  I graduated from Penn High School and Ball State University.  My husband, TJ, and I have four children.  Our daughters, Aubrey and Cassidy, both graduated from St. Matthews and are now in high school at JAHS.  Our sons, Zac and Ryan are in 6th and 1st grades at St Matt’s.

Some of my favorite things are going to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset, having Sunday breakfast with my extended family, watching my kids play sports, play their instruments, sing in the choir and act in plays.  I also love Mexican food, Chicago hot dogs and almost any kind of dessert – cookies are my favorite.

My dream vacation would be to hang out on the beaches in Fiji.

 

Pat Gring

Admissions Director

 

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Cathy Roney

Technology Coordinator

 

Jo Ann Palmer

Librarian/State Titles Directory/Grant Writer

It has been my pleasure to be associated with Saint Matthew Cathedral School for nearly twenty years. Although I was born in Chicago, Illinois, my family and I moved numerous times between the mid-west and the east coast. I was education predominately in Pennsylvania. In fact I received my undergraduate degree from Immaculata University located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

My husband and I have three exceptional children (all our children graduated from SMCS) and are the proud grandparents of four remarkable children.

 

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Jen Schwab

ELL Director/After-School Care Director/Admin

 

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Kathy Klimek

Athletic Director

Meet the Faculty

Mallory Mehall

All Day 4-Year-Old

I am from South Bend. I am a graduate of St. Matthew Cathedral School. I have worked at
the Pre-k since it opened. My favorite food is any Chinese food. Lastly, my dream vacation
would be to visit Greece or Ireland.

 

Lisa Macheca

4-Year-Old & 3-Year-Old

I was born and raised in Mishawaka.  I am married and have 4 boys ages 19-6.  I enjoy watching them play sports and
reading.  I have a Bachelor Degree from Indiana University and have worked in the preschool environment for over 10
years.  I have been at St. Matthew for two years.

My favorite food is ice cream and my dream vacation is to go to Rome.

 

Jenna Fischer

KA

 

Mary Lauck

KB

 

Tere Sinka

1A

My hometown is South Bend. I was born here. I went to Saint Joseph High School and the University of Notre Dame. Hometown girl all the way.

My favorite fruit is pineapple. My favorite food is Penne Vodka.

I’ve been very fortunate in my lifetime and have traveled many places over seas and lived in Australia so I guess for me my dream vacation would be to visit all the major baseball parks in the US. Baseball is my favorite sport and I love the Cubs.

 

Rhonda Menting

1B

 

Amanda Fruth

2A

I was born and raised in the South Bend/Mishawaka/Granger area and have lived here all my life.

I attended Christ the King School, Marian High School, and Holy Cross College where I received my bachelors degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English as a New Language. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have seven kids! Six out of our seven attend school at St. Matt’s.

My favorite food is pizza.

My dream vacation would be to visit Japan. My grandma on my dad’s side was born in Japan, making me 1/4 Japanese. I’ve always thought it would be neat to visit and learn a little bit about that part of my family heritage.

 

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Jordynn Keultjes

2B

 

Theresa Lolmaugh

3A

I am married and have two daughters.  My youngest is 20 and is a sister with the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpectual Adoration. Her new name is Sister Marie Therese.  My oldest is 41 and living in Florida with her husband.

I have been teaching 41 years, all at Saint Matthew Cathedral School. I love it!  I have a B.S. in Elem.Ed. and a M.S. in Elem. Ed. with a Minor in Science.  I graduated from Indiana University and Notre Dame.

I have taught 5th, 6th, 4th, 1st, and 3rd.  I have enjoyed teaching each and every grade!

 

Sheila Wilcox

3B

This is my 22nd year at St. Matthew’s!  How time does fly!  I have taught first grade, kindergarten, and now third grade. Which is the most exciting? Hard to say!

I have two children of my own – Torie Collins who is now 30 and married, and Drew who is 27 and also married! – as well as assorted cats, dogs, and fish.  I also have three amazing (biased I know) grandchildren – Ava (4 years and Torie’s), Dana Roy (4 years and Drew’s), and Remington – 1, also Drew’s.  I’m so excited as both my 4 year old grandchildren will be attending St. Matthew Pre K for the 2017-2018 school year – Grandma will get to see them every day!

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year with your children. Thank you for entrusting them to our care.

 

Donna Quinn

4A

 

Judy King

4B

My name is Judy King, and this is my second year teaching 4th grade here at St. Matthew’s School.  I was born here in South Bend, and attended St. Joseph High School and Indiana University.  I earned my Masters Degree in Education from IUSB.  I have taught at Our Lady of Hungary School and Holy Family School before coming to St. Matthew.  My husband and I are proud parents to three children, one just graduating college and twins that are heading off to college this year.

My favorite food is any food that I don’t have to cook!  If I could go anywhere, I would take my family on a tour of Europe!

 

Anita Hunckler

5A

 

Sarah Pellico

5B

I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.  I attended St. Adalbert from K-8, Washington High School, and Saint Mary’s College.  My husband and I have 5 children, all of whom will be attending Saint Matthew in the 2017-18 school year!  I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, and spending time with my family.  I really enjoy trying different foods, though I can’t handle spicy very well.

My dream meal would be fresh sushi, a good salad, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

If I could go anywhere, I would go to Hawaii and enjoy the sand and sun.

 

Patrick Monahan

6A – Science

I have spent most of my adult life ‘doing science’, and I am humbled to join the outstanding faculty at St. Matthew’s this year. I’ve been married to my wife Sheena for 7 wonderful years and we have been blessed with two boys, Paddy (6) and Hunter (3). We are expecting our 3rd boy at Christmas time! I have a Masters of Science from MIT, and as a life long learner, I am in continuous pursuit of additional degrees.

I love spicy food, and I try to vacation back in Ireland as often as I can.

I’m Texan by birth, Irish by origin and a Science Teacher at St. Matthew Cathedral School by the Grace of God.

 

John Fyrqvist

6B – Religion

 

Joshua O’Brien

7A – Literature

My name is Joshua O’Brien. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. I grew up on the corner of Angela boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue where I developed a love for Our Lady’s University. Some of my earliest memories consisted of watching Saturday morning cartoons with one eye, while the other watched the streams of one way traffic. My older brother Jamie and I learned to throw footballs in our front yard with these passersby. South Quad is the”park” that my mother would take us, and Law School chili was my Father’s attempt at a home cooked meal.

I have two brilliant younger sisters, and I love to make stir fry for them (even if one is a vegetarian and the other is picky). In my free time I enjoy reading a good book in my freshly weeded garden, and playing the guitar for my fiancé.

I ran Cross Country and Track at Saint Joseph’s High School before moving on to Notre Dame. I graduated in 2012 with my BA in English and Russian. While at Notre Dame I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and I plan on returning there next summer for the World Cup!

This is my second year at St. Matthews, and I am grateful everyday for my supportive and persistent colleagues and my bright and (usually) funny students.

 

Marcy Balderas

7B – Language Arts

My hometown is South Bend. I have three sons; two are in high school at Marian and one is in pre-K here at St. Matthew School. This is my 10th year here teaching Jr. High English/ language arts.

My favorite food is chocolate and my dream vacation would be whale watching anywhere.

 

Janet Wroblewski

8A – Math

 

Charles Dance

8B – Social Studies

I was born in Mishawaka, Indiana where I attended kindergarten at North Side Elementary, first grade at St. Monica, and then St. Matthew in South Bend for grades two through eight. I graduated from Marian High School in 1970 and obtained a B.S. and an M.S. from Indiana University at South Bend a few years later. I am the third oldest of ten children and have six brothers and three sisters. I met my future wife while we were both students at Marian and later we married while still students in college. We have two children who also graduated from Marian High School and they currently live in the Cincinnati, OH area. My wife and I are grandparents of two boys and three girls.

I came to St. Matthew as a teacher in 1976-1977 and I first taught sixth grade for eleven years and then social studies and U.S History in the sixth,seventh, and eighth grades for the last thirty years. The world has changed substantially during those thirty-seven years and so has technology. I am amazed by how much educators and students have come to rely upon the computer in the classroom as well as elsewhere. I am also surprised at how much I like trying to keep current with all the technological advances even though I don’t always succeed.

 

Anne Slater

PE/Music

I am a lifelong resident of South Bend, Indiana and currently reside in Granger with my husband Larry and our son Owen. I am the youngest of seven children.  I was born and raised on the west side of South Bend which was rich with Polish Catholic Americans and large families like mine.  Growing up, I attended St. Adalbert’s elementary school, Washington High School and then Indiana University.

I have been teaching in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for nineteen years and have been at St. Matthew Cathedral since 2011.  I currently teach music and PE and enjoy working with students from all the different grade levels.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends.   Also, when I have the time I enjoy playing golf and going on long bike rides , and sitting down and learning  a new piece of music.

I have been very blessed in my life and love being a part of St. Matthew Cathedral School!

 

Regina Mauck

Art/Special Education Assistant

I grew up in Elkhart but I now live in South Bend.  I graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2014 with a B.A. in Studio Art and preschool-12 grade certification in Art. I then moved to Ohio to be a member of the Lalanne Service through Teaching Master’s Program at the University of Dayton.  In this program I lived and taught high school art in Cleveland while also taking classes at UD. After completing my 2 years of service and my degree I graduated with a Master’s of Science in Education with a focus in teacher leadership and special education in 2016. I then moved back to South Bend to be closer to my family. I am starting my 4th year of teaching and  my 2nd year at St. Matthew’s.

My favorite food is any type of pasta. Right now on the top of my list are Iceland and the Netherlands. I have also always wanted to take a huge road trip around the United States.

 

Milexa Dillon

Spanish Grades 4-8

 

Cathy Knabenshue

Special Education Director

I was born & raised in South Bend, and attended Holy Cross Grade School, St Joseph High School, and IUSB. I received bachelor education and masters in special education from IUSB. I am married and have 3 children and one granddaughter; my son is campus minister at Crespi  Carmelite High School in Encino CA. I have a daughter who is a respitory therapist in Pasadena Ca and a daughter who is an ICU nurse st Memoria in South Bend.  My granddaughter is a sophomore at USC. She gave me a USC grandparent shirt; a little hard to wear in ND territory.

I love chicken and usually eat it at least once a day. I would love to go to Hawaii.

My most memorable time is 2010 when our whole family went on a trip to Italy with Chris’s school group to see The Shroud of Turin. One day I hope to live close enough to all my children so it’s only a day or less drive. That way we can get together for holidays etc.

 

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JoAnn Medich

School Aid

 

Penny Nye

School Aid

 

Torie Collins

School Aid

 

Kate Malinowski

School Aid

I was born in Cincinnati, OH. I have one older sister. We moved to Bismark, ND when I was 1 and I lived there until I was 6. Finally, my family moved to the north side of South Bend where I lived until college.

I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from IU Bloomington. While at I.U., I met my wonderful husband. We have been married for 16 years and have 3 children. Starting in fall of 2017, I will have worked at St. Matthews as an aide for 6 years. I enjoy reading and exploring nature with my family.

My favorite food is pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

My dream vacation would be to visit every National Park in the United States and stay at all the lodges.

 

Lori Newport

School Aid

 

Jessica Sheehan

Band

Jessica Sheehan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She studied music at St. Mary’s College and graduated in 2009. She currently lives with her sister, Maria and their labradoodle, Jack. Her hobbies include reading, playing trumpet and going on bike rides.

Her favorite food is chicken tacos. She loves to travel and plans to go sightseeing around Europe sometime in the next few years.

 

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Mary Horvath and Donna Horvath

Cafeteria Aides

 

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Ken Clark

Maintenance Supervisor

 

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Isaac Davis

Afternoon/Evening FT

 

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Tony Stein

Daytime FT